On 14 July 2020 the Caspian Sea littoral states Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan conducted a region-wide table-top exercise on oil pollution preparedness and response. It was held by way of an online conference with simultaneous interpretation. Its goal was to practice cooperation for the organization, communication and logistics in case of a large oil pollution incident in the Sea which may likely have transnational consequences and require regional assistance.
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Meeting of the Environment Ministers of the Caspian Littoral States - 9 June 2020
Urbanisation, oil and gas extraction, illegal fishing are major potential threats to the environment, report finds
The National Report of Turkmenistan to the Tehran Convention for the years 2016-2019 in Russian language is available on the Caspian Environment Iformation Center
Caspian Sea Day is celebrated annually in Kazakhstan by organizing various
events with the participation of the public, including conferences, round tables,
seminars, competitions, sports, fairs, exhibitions, concerts, etc.
Marine litter is getting a lot of attention globally these days, and this increased focus on the subject is spreading to the Caspian Sea region. According to UN Environment, marine litter is "... is any persistent, manufactured or processed solid material discarded, disposed of or abandoned in the marine and coastal environment".
Caspian Sea level to rise in the next 10 years / Caspian Sea drying and death does not have a scientific basis
Recently, Masoud Shafiei, the director of the organization of mapping of the country at its first news conference, reported a decrease of four centimeters of the Caspian Sea in the last two years and a one-meter decline in the last 10 years, saying: "Over the past decade, as much as 380 square kilometers, Lake Urmia has been cut off from the waters of the Caspian Sea during its rainy days, and it seems that its decreasing trend will continue with regard to the data we receive monthly from this area.